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BLT&E

Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Serves 6
BLT&E
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
1

In a large bowl, combine the ground rib-eye and sausage with the crumbled bacon and diced tomatoes. Add the maple syrup, beef broth, beer, ketchup and egg, along with the reserved bacon fat. Mix gently, so as not to overwork the meat. Add the pepper, salt, paprika, oregano, crushed red pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, celery salt, cayenne pepper and bread crumbs, mixing gently until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Cover the mixture and rest it in the refrigerator.

2

In a large pan of gently simmering water, poach the quail eggs, careful not to break the yolks or overcook. Drain and set aside to cool.

3

Remove the meat mixture from the refrigerator and divide it into 12 even portions. Form each portion into a small round patty, adding an indentation to the center of 6 patties for the poached quail eggs to nest.

4

Place a poached egg in each of the 6 indented patties, then place another patty over it to form the top, gently crimping the edges together so as not to crush the egg and break the yolk. Repeat to form 6 stuffed patties.

5

Prepare the grill. Place the burgers, top-side down, on the grill. Cook 7 to 10 minutes. then gently flip. Cook the other side 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside to rest.

6

While the burgers are resting, toast the muffin halves. When toasted, remove from heat and set aside to cool a minute.

7

To assemble the burgers, place a handful of arugula on the toasted bottoms of the 6 muffins. Place a burger on top of each mound, bottom-side down. Top each burger with the other toasted muffin half. If preferred, slice in half before serving, or simply eat whole. Serve immediately.

From Christopher Lucchese of Echo Park. Ask your butcher to grind the rib-eye for you if you do not have a grinder at home. Quail eggs can be found at select gourmet and well-stocked markets.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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